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  • Around the Neighborhood

    West Mesa Little League 2020 Spring Baseball and Softball

    REGISTRATION IS OPEN!!!!   Ages 4-6

    In Person Registration:

    Saturday 1/18 ● 10am-2pm ● Central and Unser Library in the Children’s Workshop Room

    Saturday 1/25 ● 10am-2pm ● West Mesa Little League Clubhouse

     

    OR Register online ANYTIME!  Hurry before divisions fill up!! 

    www.westmesaall.com

    Any questions, please contact wmll.info@gmail.com

    3 Proofs of Residency Required OR School Enrollment Form (school in the WMLL district)

     

    Northwest Area Command Community Policing Council Meetings:

    Held the third Tuesday of every month at 6:00 PM. The meeting is at the Northwest Area Command Substation located at 10401 Cibola Loop, NW 87114 across from Cibola High School.

  • Outreach and Assistance Events

    Veteran Property Tax Exemptions  

    Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020 at the at the Assessor’s Office, 501 Tijeras Ave. NW, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. The outreach events will be on the third Thursday of every month until April 2020, with an additional date on April 23, to ensure property owners applying for the veteran property tax exemptions meet the deadline, which is 30 days after the mailing of the notice of value statements.

    Income Tax Assistance

    Make your appointment for assistance with taxes.  Los Volcanes Senior Center, 6500 Los Volcanes NW, 836-8745.  Friday February 7 – April 10, 2020 APPOINTMENTS ONLY

    Free Skills for Dementia Caregiving Course

    Alzheimer’s Association, 6731 Academy Rd. NE

    Tuesday, January 14, 2020 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

    Tuesday, January 28, 2020 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

    Tuesday, February 04, 2020 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

    Tuesday, February 11, 2020 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

    “Skills for Dementia Caregiving”  is a designed for family and friends caring for a loved one with dementia, presented by the Alzheimer’s Association, NM Chapter.

    This evidence-based training aims to teach caregivers practical techniques for interacting with loved ones with dementia orAlzheimer’s disease, and for understanding and managing their behavior. It also imparts tools for long-term planning and for reducing stresses common to dementia or Alzheimer’s caregivers. The course explains the signs, impacts and pathology of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.  Call 505-266-4473 to Register Today!  Price: Free

  • What’s Going on in Albuquerque

    Mayor Tim Keller Gives First State of the City Address, Marks First-Year Progress, Announces New Initiatives for Most Pressing Challenges

    Mayor Tim Keller delivered his first State of the City address at a community celebration where he marked the progress his administration has made during the first year in office and detailed new efforts to address Albuquerque’s most pressing challenges.

    For a  breakdown on the speech go to:  https://www.cabq.gov/mayor/news/mayor-tim-keller-gives-first-state-of-the-city-address-marks-first-year-progress-announces-new-initiatives-for-most-pressing-challenges

    For a video on the speach (1 hour, 26 minutes) go to:  https://www.cabq.gov/sotc

    FREE Genealogical Research 

    10:30 AM | Saturday Jan 18, 2020, Main Library 2nd floor, 501 Copper Ave NW

    Come to the Library for a FREE one on one experience with your Genealogy. We will help, teach, and research your families Ancestry with you.  All computer programs are free and thousands of books to help with research. We have many volunteers so you can have a great experience on your first day researching. For those  with experience maybe we can help you break the Brick Wall down. Parking on the SE Corner Parking Garage is best. You can get 2 hours Free by having the Library stamp your ticket.   Price: Free

    Lighten Up Albuquerque

    Immerse yourself in the Inaugural Projection Mapping Festival, Jan 24, 2020, 6:00 PM – 09:00 PM,  Albuquerque Balloon Museum, 9201 Balloon Museum Drive NE.  This is a time to think big, share light, and set a tone.  In this spirit, Electric Playhouse will expertly map and project, larger than life, artwork from artist Brian Carlson onto the Balloon Museum with creations that express the themes of Energy, Light, Community, Sustainability & Play.  Spend your Friday with us and enjoy food truck dining, Marble Brewery beer garden, balloon glow, free admission to the Balloon Museum and more!   Music provided by Electric Playhouse DJ.  As the light returns and as new year hopes, resolutions and dreams shine, Albuquerque is alive with the energy of the future — powered by a sustainable ecosystem and economy as well as the playful enthusiasm of city residents and all New Mexicans.   Price – Free.

    Plastic Bag REMINDER! 

    Single-Use Plastic Bags Will No Longer Be Offered in Stores and Businesses Starting January 1, 2020.

    Starting Wednesday, January 1, 2020, local stores and businesses will no longer carry plastic bags for shoppers. The City Council passed the Clean and Green Retail Ordinance last April, prohibiting businesses from providing single-use plastic bags to customers. To learn more about Clean and Green visit:

    http://www.cabq.gov/solidwaste/clean-and-green-retail-ordinance

     

    Parenting 101: Understanding Your Child  

    Main Public Library,501 Copper Ave NW

    Sunday, January 12, 2020 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

    Sunday, January 19, 2020 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

    Sunday, January 26, 2020 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

    All you need to know about the proper upbringing of children. A professional child psychologist will answer all possible questions and talk about the best methods of raising children. Contact Info, Julia Mells, bestbabykit@gmail.com  : Free —FREE

     

    NM Gas Company Offers Free Online Savings Tool

    Interested in learning how you might conserve natural resources within your home during winter months? The New Mexico Gas Company now has a free analysis tool available to help you. Visit: https://nmgc.energysavvy.com/residential/start/   and start saving today!

     

    Freedom to Ride Program Expands Transit Options for Military Veterans
    The New Mexico Rail Runner has expanded its Freedom to Ride Program, and now, all active duty military, veterans and anyone with a federally-issued veteran or military photo ID can ride the Rail Runner for free! To learn more, visit: www.riometro.org

     

    LearningExpress Library Offers Numerous Online Study and and Homework Resources
    LearningExpress Library is a great online resource that offers online tutoring, homework assistance in English and Spanish, test preparation, and career preparation for students of all ages!  Best of all, it’s free, all you need is a library card.
    Visit:www.learningexpresshub.com/productengine/LELIndex.html#/learningexpresslibrary/libraryhome?AuthToken=91614C7C-629D-4D6C-A8A2-8709C84561E0 to learn more!

     

    Free general admission to Albuquerque Museum 

    On the following dates :

    Enjoy a pleasant stroll in our sculpture garden with a friendly docent who will sharing stories  on the artists and their works. No reservations necessary.  General admission is free for the following times also:
    9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the first Wednesday of every month
    5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of every month
    9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Sunday

     

    Senior Centers Offer Wide Variety of Activities and Services for 62+

    We all know a senior citizen, whether it’s a family member, a friend or a neighbor! Why not recommend some of the great free services offered by our Department of Senior Affairs? Our many Senior Centers offer a wide variety of classes and activities ranging from computer literacy to tax assistance to basketball to knitting to wood carving, and everything in between! Visit:www.cabq.gov/seniors/events to learn more!

     

  • Landscaping Tips

    Winter Tree Pruning

    The winter is best time of year to prune trees. The Water Authority recommends hiring an arborist to prune them because arborists specialize in the care of individual trees. They are knowledgeable about the needs of trees and are trained and equipped to provide the proper care.

    Arborists can provide the following services:

    1. Pruning
    2. Tree removal
    3. Emergency tree care
    4. Planting
    5. Plant health care
    6. Other services such as consulting, tree risk assessment, cabling and bracing of trees.

    How do you find a professional arborist to take care of your trees? We recommend to ask the following questions when looking for an arborist:

    1. Are they certified? Certified arborists have achieved a level of knowledge in the art and science of tree care through experience. They have passed a comprehensive examination developed by some of the nation’s leading tree care experts. There is an online resource called Find an Arboristto help you locate one in your area.
    2. Do they have insurance? Check that they have a certificate of insurance that includes proof of liability for personal and property damage, including workers’ compensation.
    3. Do they offer a contract? Get a written contract of the work to be completed from the arborist. It should include the estimate for the services, a start date, and estimate of how long the work will take.
    4. Do they have references? Ask the tree company to provide a few names of past customers, and ask friends and neighbors for local references, too.

    To learn more about tree care, visit http://www.treesaregood.org/portals/0/docs/treecare/hire_arborist.pdf

  • Bernalillo County Happenings

    BernCo News Release: Assessor Partners with NM Dept. of Veteran Services for Veteran’s Outreach   

    Office of the Assessor for Bernalillo County Hosts Third Annual Veteran Outreach Partnership with New Mexico Department of Veteran Services.  Bernalillo County.  The veteran outreach kicks off in December, and will be on the third Thursday of every month until April 2020, with an additional date in April added, to ensure property owners applying for the veteran property tax exemptions meet the deadline, which is 30 days after the mailing of the notice of value statements.   This year, because of the continuing partnership, qualifying veterans will be able to obtain, at the veteran outreach, their tax exemption certificates on-site from the NMDVS and then be able to apply for their veteran property tax exemption with the Bernalillo County Assessor’s Office.

     

  • 311 is Here for You

    311 Customer Service Survey Invites Public Feedback

    Have you taken the 311 Customer Service Survey yet? This online survey offers you the chance to give feedback and share ideas for making the City’s 311 service more open, accessible and accountable to the community it serves. To take the survey, visit:https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/S8TKMZV

    311 Citizen Contact Center

    Information about the 311 Citizen Contact Center.

    The 311 Citizen Contact Center is a centralized call center for the City of Albuquerque. The 311 service is a single telephone number for all non-emergency City of Albuquerque inquiries and services.

    We answer questions and respond to requests for service.

    Hours

    Monday through Saturday – 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

    Sunday – 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Animal welfare calls and fixed bus times)

    How Can We Help?

    There are several ways the City of Albuquerque and 311 can answer questions or requests for service.

    Click here for website

     

    The new City website link to report abandoned vehicles.

        Report Abandoned Vehicles at: https://www.cabq.gov/report-abandoned-vehicles/report-abandoned-vehicles

     

  • Safety

    Sign Up for APD’s Security Camera Analytical Network! Does your home or business have a security camera? Register it with the Albuquerque Police Department (APD) Security Camera Analytical Network (SCAN) network at: www.cabq.gov/scan. Connecting your street-facing security camera to the SCAN network can help counter crime in your area and helps APD with visual surveillance and information in the event a crime was captured on camera.

     

     

  • Check out the latest Neighborhood Newsletters

    From the City, the County and APD - just go to our "Neighborhood News" page!
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Recycle Right ABQ Aims to Educate Residents on What and How to Recycle

How about making a New Years Resolution to love your planet? Recycling is part of that. The Office of Neighborhood Coordination (ONC) told us about a new video on recycling the right way in the Weekly E-News of Monday, November 19, 2018.

“Did you know that 29% of materials placed into recycling carts are trash? The Solid Waste Management Department needs your help to change that! The City’s “Recycling Right” program educates and informs residents about what to recycle, how best to recycle, how to determine what should go in your blue recycle cart and teal bin, and much more. Join the conversation by sharing videos and photos about how Recycling Right has impacted your home or workplace by using the hashtag #RecycleRightABQ…and visit www.recyclerightABQ.com .”

Videos were made for the Recycle Right campaign. They are available on YouTube. To view these in your browser, do a search for “recycle right abq youtube.”

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Tips to Reduce Auto Theft Risks

Happy New Year everyone!  Now that the weather is cold, the days get dark early, and we are busy shopping; Ladera West Neighborhood Association would like to remind you of auto safety, including shopping safety. The Office of Neighborhood Coordination (ONC) Weekly E-News of Monday, February 25, 2019 gives us this information to help us stay safe.

“With car thefts always being a concern, the Albuquerque Police Department has several tips to help keep your vehicle safe:

  • In winter months, do not leave your vehicle running to “warm up.” This is one very easy way for criminals to steal your car.
  • Always lock your car, close your windows, and engage your anti-theft device when leaving your vehicle.
  • Don’t leave your keys in your car for any reason.
  • Park in well-lit areas close to buildings.
  • Do not leave valuables in your car, including purses, wallets, cell phones, laptop computers, briefcases, backpacks or gym bags.
  • If possible, park your vehicle in a garage, behind a lockable gate, or in an area with good lighting.
  • If you take your vehicle for service, only leave your ignition key. Some people leave their entire key ring, including house keys, and copying these keys is another way thieves can strike.
  • Don’t keep vehicle registration, insurance paperwork, or other types of documents in your car. If there is a break-in, this information can be used for identity theft. Instead, keep this paperwork in your wallet and carry it with you.
  • Etch your vehicle identification number (VIN) on car doors, windows, windshields, engine blocks, and other parts.
  • Consider utilizing these other vehicle safety devices – a kill switch, a steering wheel lock, a steering column collar, brake locks, or wheel locks.

For more information on keeping your vehicle safe, visit: https://www.cabq.gov/police/crime-prevention-safety/auto-theft .”

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Winter Safety Tips for Your Pets

There’s an old saying, “If your cold, your dog is too.” Now, I know huskies probably are comfortable in our winters. But, most dogs weren’t bread for artic conditions. At our annual meeting, we learned that we are required to have shelter for our outside dogs. The Office of Neighborhood Coordination (ONC) gives us strategies to keep our pets comfortable all winter long in its Weekly E-News of Monday, November 19, 2018.

“Cats and dogs can and do feel the cold, just as humans do, and hypothermia is a very real danger to them. To keep your furry friends warm, safe, and healthy this winter, here are some tips:

  • Keep your pets indoors in the winter when you’re not home.
  • If pet water bowls are outdoors, check them frequently to make sure the water has not frozen.
  • Don’t leave animals in closed cars in the winter. A car can become dangerously cold and can be just as deadly to an animal as in the summer.
  • Keep anti-freeze away from children and animals! Anti-freeze has a sweet taste that can attract them, and ethylene glycol is extremely poisonous.
  • If your pet has walked on salted or de-iced surfaces, clean them immediately with warm water and don’t let them lick their paws. These substances are toxic to animals.
  • Check your pet’s paws frequently for balls of ice or snow that can form there. Rinse with warm water to remove.
  • Pets that are outdoors often seek warmth and protection on or near a car’s engine. Bang on your car hood or honk the horn before starting the engine.
  • If your pet must be outdoors, insulate his or her bed with straw, and switch it out if it becomes damp.

For more winter pet safety suggestions and information, visit: www.cabq.gov/pets .”

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Winter Holiday Decorating and Poster Contest Rules

Hi Neighbors,
Are you enjoying the cooler weather? I’ll have more energy when the days get longer. But, it is the holiday season. And, it’s definitely busy. I hope we all find something that we enjoy. And, that we can find some time to relax. I’m looking for a Christmas Concert.
This weekend, Elmer Jackson, our membership chairman, will be hosting a FREE Book Fair this Saturday and Sunday, December 7 th and 8 th at Ladera Golf Course. This Book Fair focuses on Hardbacks and High-Quality Paperbacks for gift giving. Please bring Children’s and High-Quality books for a Christmas exchange. And, if you are hunger, try the $5.00 enchilada special.
And, the Neighborhood Association is getting into the Christmas spirit with a Winter Holiday Poster Contest and Winter Holiday Decorating Contest. So, get to coloring and decorating. I’m looking forward to seeing the winners. The rules are below.
Winter Holiday Poster Contest Rules:
All children and grandchildren of residents or business owners in the Ladera West Neighborhood (see note) up to the age of 15 are encouraged to submit a poster on the topic of winter holiday. The board of the Ladera West Neighborhood Association shall determine the winner of the poster contest. The child that designs the winning poster will receive a $25 gift card. Please submit posters to Ladera West Neighborhood Association by scanning it and sending it to LaderaWestNA@comcast.net or mailing it to 7716 Santa Rosalia St NW, Albuquerque, NM 87120. All letters must be emailed or postmarked on or before December 16th. Please include the name of the child and the resident, as well as, your address and phone number.
Winter Holiday Decorating Contest
Prizes: Gift certificates for 1 st place $50, 2 nd place $25, and 3 rd place $10 for Best Holiday Decorated House.
Nominations shall be taken for best holiday decorated house in the Ladera West Neighborhood (see note) through December 15 th, 2019. The board shall limit the nominations to 4 finalists. Neighbors will be asked to submit votes for the best decorated house through December 20 th, 2019. Votes will be submitted by email to LaderaWestNA@comcast.net or submitted via “contact us” at Laderawest.org. Winners will be announced to Ladera West and surrounding neighborhoods via NextDoor.
Note: Are you not sure if you live in Ladera West Neighborhood? If you are reading this on NextDoor, look at the name of the Neighborhood after your name or check the map tab on NextDoor. Ladera West is located east of Unser Blvd., west of Ladera Blvd., and south of Rinconada Arroya (at the northernmost part of Ladera Golf Course.
Sincerely,
Karen Buccola. President
Ladera West Neighborhood Association

Energy and Water Conservation Tips for Your Home

Autumn feels great. But, I’m starting to think of where I stored my winter clothes. It’s hard to believe that we will be comfortable in our winter routines in a few weeks. So, this is a good time to think about saving energy and water before winter arrives. Making these few changes could save you money all winter long. These tips are courtesy of the Office of Neighborhood Coordination (ONC) Weekly E-News of Monday, January 28, 2019.

“With winter weather upon us, it’s a good time to take a look around your home and see how you can save money and conserve resources. Here are some ideas:

  • Seal up gaps around windows and doors with weather stripping and caulking.
  • Switch over to LED light bulbs, which may cost a bit more up front but last much longer and save money on electricity.
  • Adjust your thermostat and if possible, invest in a smart thermostat that can be programmed to automatically adjust.” (Or, join PNM’s Power Saver Program for a FREE Wi-Fi Programable Thermostat. For more Information, call 866-471-7906.)
  • “If possible, replace single-pane windows with double-pane units and low E-glazing.
  • Have your heater inspected and filters cleaned out.
  • Remember that you don’t need to water as much in the fall and winter months and adjust your irrigation needs accordingly.
  • Consider replacing your toilet with a low-flow unit, which saves money and is much more efficient.

To learn more about how to conserve energy and water during the winter months, visit: www.pnm.com or www.abcwua.org .”

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Recognizing and Preventing Child Abuse

In the last blog, we gained a better understanding of Child Abuse. In this continuation, we learn about physical and behavioral signs of abuse. Then, we learn how to report child abuse and help.

“Recognizing the Signs of Abuse

Children who are abused may or may not show physical or behavioral signs of being maltreated. In some instances, there may be an unusual pattern or location of physical injuries that suggests abuse. In other cases, there may be no physical indicators, but the child’s behavior has changed in a questionable and observable way. Educate yourself and others about some of the obvious and less obvious signs of possible child abuse, including:

PHYSICAL SIGNS

  • Injuries such as bruises, bums, welts, or broken bones that are unexplained or have implausible explanations.
  • Missing hair
  • Poor hygiene
  • Multiple injuries at different stages of healing
  • Improperly treated injury or medical condition
  • Slowed physical development
  • Unattended medical or dental needs
  • Consistent hunger
  • Inappropriate clothing for weather conditions
  • Speech delay
  • Frequent tardiness or absence from school

BEHAVIORAL SIGNS

  • Declining school performance or involvement
  • Lack of concentration
  • Difficulty making and keeping friends
  • Signs of persistent unhappiness or depression
  • Withdrawn from others
  • Displaying angry or aggressive behavior
  • Destruction of property
  • Hurting themselves or others
  • Low self-esteem
  • Problems expressing feelings
  • Fatigue, listlessness, or regularly falling asleep in class
  • Constantly seeking attention or approval
  • Sleeping problems or insomnia
  • Reluctance to go home

REPORTING SUSPECTED CHILD MALTREATMENT

Reporting suspected or known child abuse is a brave act that may prevent a child from being harmed or even save a child’s life. Any concerned individual who suspects or knows that a child is being threatened, abused or neglected needs to report that information to child protective services or law enforcement.

A report of alleged child maltreatment may be made by anyone. Voluntary reports come from family, friends, neighbors and other caring community members. Mandated reporting is a federal and statutory requirement for specific professionals and service providers, including but not limited to schools, medical staff, law enforcement, and social workers, who are legally bound to make a report when maltreatment or threatened harm to a child is suspected or confirmed. Reporters do not have to prove or personally witness the maltreatment. The law is very clear – reports should also be made when abuse or neglect is suspected or where there is a threat that maltreatment may occur unless action is taken.

To report suspected abuse or neglect statewide:               1-855-333-SAFE, or online at https://cyfd.org , or if you would like to help children in New Mexico affected by abuse and neglect visit https://pulltogether.org/.”

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Understanding Child Abuse

Have you ever noticed something is just not quite right with a child? The Bernalillo County Sheriff’s office gave us information to help us understand child abuse in the monthly magazine, “The Communicator,” from April 2019.

“Every child deserves to grow up in a safe, stable, and nurturing environment… Say Something, Do Something for Kids, by promoting and strengthening child abuse prevention efforts in Bernalillo County.

Children are the foundation of our society, our community and our future. Children raised in loving and supportive environments are more likely to prosper academically and financially, becoming successful contributing members of society. We need to enhance the success of our communities by promoting programs and policies that seek to support the lives of children and families. Preventing child abuse and neglect results in better childhoods, ultimately saving millions of dollars currently used to address the short and long-term effects of abuse on children, their families, and our communities. The savings generated through prevention can be used to serve our communities in other ways, making them safer, economically successful, and great places to live and grow.

What is Child Abuse and Neglect?

Child abuse is an act or failure to act by a parent or caregiver that results in death, serious physical or emotional harm, sexual abuse or exploitation, or that creates an imminent risk of serious harm to a child. Child abuse typically refers to harm caused by parents or other caregivers, but acquaintances, strangers, and other persons may also be responsible for abusing a child.”

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Halloween Safety Tips

With Halloween this coming Thursday, we wanted to share some great tips from our friends at Ladera Heights Neighborhood Association:

Besides examining all treats before consuming them. consider these helpful tips:

  • Do not trick-or-treat alone. A parent, approved adult or responsible older sibling should always accompany young children.
  • If older children are going out, plan and review the agreed-upon route, and set a specific time when they should return home.
  • Check costumes for choking and/or tripping hazards.
  • Inspect costume accessories, especially swords, knives, wands, guns, lightsabers, ninja stars or other toy weapons. They should be soft and flexible and unable to cause real harm … or undue alarm.
  • Have charged cellphones with you at all times. (Do not keep them on silent.)
  • Use flashlights (with fresh batteries) and/or reflective tape or glow accessories for all children and escorts.
  • Stay in groups and communicate.
  • Travel together on well-lit streets and stay on the sidewalk (or use the far edge of the road, facing traffic).
  • Do not take shortcuts across yards or alleys. Use crosswalks or cross the streets at well-lit areas.
  • Don’t run!
  • Do not assume the right of way. Drivers may have trouble seeing trick-or-treaters in costumes. (And just because one car stops doesn’t mean others will!)
  • Only go to homes with a porch light on, and never enter a home or a vehicle for a treat.
  • Stay clear of lit candles and luminaries and be careful not to trip on cords, support lines or other decorations.
  • Notify law enforcement immediately if you see any suspicious or unlawful activity.

Prescription Trail Parks Offer Free Fitness Options

With the cool Autumn the days are getting shorter and more comfortable. Exercising outside seems easier again. This is a great time to soak in some sunshine before winter. “If you want to be out in the sunshine and get in some extra steps toward your daily recommended 10,000, why not check out one of Albuquerque’s many Prescription Trail Parks?

A Prescription Trail is a walking path in a city park, of varying length and degrees of difficulty. Albuquerque has nearly 30 Prescription Trails dotted about, with each installed as a way of encouraging residents, families and even pets to increase activity level. It’s also a good way to encourage residents to utilize their city parks.

‘The great thing about a Prescription Trail is that it’s easy to use’, said Christina Sandoval, Principal Planner at the Parks and Recreation Department. ‘No matter what level of fitness you’re at, you can take a walk or roll in a wheelchair. Even taking just one walk per day can have enormous benefits on your health.’

Walking is a great form of exercise, and can also be a gateway to other types of physical activity, such as working out or using fitness machines; and many Prescription Trail parks have fitness equipment, making our city’s free fitness options much more comprehensive.

‘We’ve found with many of our residents who walk the trails regularly oftentimes have a health issue that prevents them going to the gym, or they may not have the financial resources or inclination to go to a fitness center,’ said Sandoval. ‘But a Prescription Trail can be used by anyone. It’s actually a very inclusive program!’

When using a Prescription Trail for walking or running, always wear comfortable shoes and bring water. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans say that most adults should be physically active on a moderately intensive level for 30 minutes on most days of the week.

‘We really encourage all our residents to get out there and use these great trails,’ said Sandoval. ‘It’s not only good for your physical health, it’s also a great way to be part of all the fun events happening at all neighborhood parks across the city.’

The Parks and Recreation Department maintains and oversees 286 parks citywide, which includes the Prescription Trails parks, 14 dog parks, and City swimming pools. You can also enjoy one of the City’s four golf courses, and the 29,000-acre Open Space Program.

To learn more about the City’s Prescription Trail Program, visit: http://prescriptiontrails.org” (from the Office of Neighborhood Coordination’s “Neighborhood News” magazine, May 2019.)

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Child Safety

Now that we are all getting comfortable in our Autumn routines and the days are getting shorter, we need to remind ourselves and our children of the importance of being safe when we are outside. The Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office, monthly “Communicator” of April 2019 gives us these pointers.

“Children and Teens are some of the most vulnerable victims of crimes when traveling to and from school, activities, social functions, and friend’s homes. Here are some helpful tips for children of all ages we would like to share with you and your family.

  • Try to walk places with your friends rather than alone.
  • Stick to well-lighted, well-traveled streets.
  • Avoid shortcuts through wooded areas, parking lots, or alleys
  • Take the safest route to and from schools, stores, or your friends’ houses.
  • Know where to go for help if you need it.
  • Carry your backpack or purse close to your body and keep it closed.
  • Have your car or house key in your hand before you reach the door.
  • If you think someone is following you, switch directions or cross the street. If they’re still there, move quickly toward an open store or restaurant or lighted house. Don’t be afraid to yell for help.
  • Be alert in the neighborhood. Call the police or tell an adult about anything you see that seems suspicious.”

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